Poole recognized as UM Good Neighbor

Published 1:21 pm Thursday, July 13, 2017

By EMILY REED / Special to the Reporter

MONTEVALLO – For Melanie Poole, Montevallo is not only her home, but it is the place that helped shape her into the person she is today.


“Montevallo was my first ‘home away from home,’” Poole said. “It is where I grew up, mentally and intellectually, and became a leader. Montevallo gave me the guidance, as well as the opportunity and the freedom, to shape myself. It was an environment full of role models, comrades, and confidantes, and it is where I blossomed.”

Poole was recently awarded the Good Neighbor Award by the University of Montevallo, a recognition presented each year to a Montevallo resident, who has demonstrated unselfish service and exceptional leadership in supporting the progress of the University of Montevallo.

Poole said she was humbled and honored to receive the recognition, and it held a special meaning when she found out she had been selected by the University of Montevallo.

“There are so many individuals deserving of the Good Neighbor Award, and the fact I was selected means the world to me. I have always tried to give back as I was able, with my time, talent, or treasure.”

Poole, a 1986 graduate of the University of Montevallo, has served as the communications officer for the American Village since 2011, according to a press release submitted from UM.

Recently, when the University announced plans to build a new Center for the Arts, Poole was the first to step forward with a major gift.

Poole has also been a long-time advocate of UM and her involvement in community service is “extensive,” according to the release.

Poole is the founder and president of the UM Friends of the College of Fine Arts advisory board.

She also currently serves on the UM National Alumni Association Board of Directors, Montevallo Arts Council, Montevallo Artwalk Planning Committee, Montevallo Study Club and the Montevallo Evening Garden Club.

While there are many things Poole appreciates about her hometown, she describes the people as the main reason Montevallo is special to her.

“Montevallo is more than quaint brick streets that eat the heels of your best dress shoes,” Poole said. “It is more than the juxtaposition of historic buildings and state-of-the-art technology. It lives and breathes because of people, the professors, the staff, the administration, the alumni, the students and the townspeople. They each play a part in the story of Montevallo.”